*I received an advanced reader’s copy of this book from the publisher as part of a blog tour. This does not impact the content of my review.*
Book: The Super Life of Ben Braver
Author: Marcus Emerson
Published: March 6, 2018
Publisher: Henry Holt & Company Books for Young Readers (An imprint of MacMillan Children’s Publishing Group)
Genre: Middle Grade Adventure (suggested for ages 7-10)
Format: Print ARC
Ben Braver is an ordinary kid. All he wants to do is finish his summer watching awesome TV shows and eating his favorite candy. But when some kid screams for help, Ben, like his favorite comic book heroes, tries to save the day. Let’s just say it ends badly. But it does lead him to a secret school where kids with super abilities learn to control their powers. Ben’s never had any powers—and never thought he could be special. So when he’s offered a spot at the school, Ben realizes this is his chance to become the superhero he’s always dreamed of. Packed with black-and-white art and comic strips throughout. (Goodreads)
My rating: 5 stars
I loved this book! It’s a must have.
Benjamin Braver loves superheroes. He dreams of one day being one. And then, he gets the coolest invitation ever – an invite to attend a boarding school for kids with abilities like telekinesis. Ben Braver is an imaginative novel with accompanying comic illustrations throughout that add to both the humour and the plot.
Super imaginative and super fun. I read all 320 pages of Ben Braver in one sitting.
Reading Ben Braver was an X-Men meets Harry Potter experience for me. A secret boarding school for kids with super powers, teachers who kind of let anything happen, mysteries that the teachers ignore so the kids need to solve themselves, a kid who is the odd one out from everyone else, a friendship between two boys (roommates) and a smart girl.
There were aspects that were familiar in all the best ways without feeling like copying but rather taking tropes and using them in hilarious ways. Marcus Emerson took some familiar ideas and made them all his own, adding in both funny and heartfelt moments to keep me flipping pages wanting to know what happens next.
Ben Braver is one already one of my favourite reads of 2018.
Along with all the action and humour (the comics really help with this and make the book such a fun read), Ben Braver is also really sweet. It’s portrayal of friendship, family, and taking care of one another is a lovely addition to really round out the story.
I really don’t want to have to wait until April 2019 for the next instalment… 🙂